Biography: The northern shores of Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was a shy, reclusive English author who nevertheless wrote exotic, mysterious gothic novels. Born as Ann Ward, she married William Radcliffe, a journalist, in 1788. She published popular romances throughout the early years of her marriage. These include A Sicilian Romance (1790, 1792) and the highly successful Romance of the Forest (1791). Her story The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) is satirized by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey.

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  1. The Mysteries of Udolpho
    The Mysteries of Udolpho

    by Ann Ward Radcliffe

    The Mysteries of Udolpho
    by Ann Ward Radcliffe

    Rating: 2.5/5 (100 votes cast)

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    Often considered the first Gothic romance novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho follows Emily St. Aubert as she recovers from the death of her father, faces supernatural forces in a ghostly castle, and confronts the plotting of an Italian brigand.

    Categories: Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance

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  2. A Sicilian Romance
    A Sicilian Romance

    by Ann Ward Radcliffe

    A Sicilian Romance
    by Ann Ward Radcliffe

    Rating: 2.1/5 (83 votes cast)

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    The northern shores of Sicily, all ruins and castles, is the setting for the story of the fallen house of Mazzini. Mixing the possibility of the supernatural with the psychological, the story follows the extraordinary struggles of heroes and heroines fighting mysterious villains.

    Category: Historical Romance

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